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Mirrors of French ideals?
Alison Forrestal

given a distinctly hagiographic hue. Étienne Molinier, who published a biography of Barthélemy de Donadieu, bishop of Comminges, shortly after the prelate’s death in 1637, observed that he did not intend his composition to be a panegyric or oratory: instead he wrote as a ‘faithful historian’ who was content to propose ‘the fact in its truth, and purity’.4 His work, however, was not simply a factual account of the bishop’s life, but rather used facts to exalt Donadieu’s character and actions within an idealised framework. With the return of stability to the French

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